It always seems, at least with me, that when reflecting back on a previous years worth of films, you always wonder how the following year is going to top it. 2013 was pretty good, especially during the fall and winter, the good films during that time were real good. But while Nebraska was my favorite movie and Inside Llewyn Davis made me actually dislike the Coen Bros, it's time to look ahead. Time to start gettting excited about what 2014 has to offer.
Will Wes Anderson deliver a movie that gets him off my shit list? How bad will Adam Sandler's next movie be? Oh yeah then we have Transformers 4 and that Robocop reboot...ugh. But I'm not here to spread the haterade, let's talk about what could be awesome shall we, films that I am looking forward to and films that I am curiously looking forward to. Simple enough right.
As excited as I am to see a Dumb and Dumber To, I am equally frightened by what may happen with this movie. All parties involved seemed to have left their best days behind them, but yet there is a part of me that believes they know this is their shot at redemption, to show people they still got it...and with that they will deliver in spades. I could talk about the story but its irrelevant. They just need to bring the funny...like they did the first time.
Paul Thomas Anderson's newest movie, should I even say any more? His newest movie is based on a book by Thomas Pynchon, whose books don't really lend themselves to well the film medium. But with Inherent being his most accessible book and being directed by a guy who seems to keep pushing himself to be better than he was when he made Boogie Nights, the mind wanders with excitement about what he has done with this book.
21 Jump Street was surprisingly funny...actually it was really funny. Who knew Channing Tatum possesed such great comedic timing? But it's true and he was a big reason why 21 Jump Street worked. So what can we expect with the sequel? Probably more of the same. But I'm ok with that.
I recently watched the Dark Knight Rises again...and I have to say the movie isn't as good as I remembered it being when I orginally saw in the theatres. Chalk it up to Chris Nolan falling prey to getting too ambitious and adding too many characters into the mix. But don't get me wrong, the movie is still better than most comic book movies. And now he returns with Intersellar, a movie about space and wormholes and whatnot. Or maybe not, the plot isn't really known. But this is Nolan we're talking about and the guy, despite the hatred he receives on the internet, is solid...real solid. Don't believe me, rewatch Memento again.
David Fincher's next movie...starring Ben Affleck. But despite Affleck proving all the talk that he isn't that good of an actor when he isn't behind the camera, I have a feeling that his turn in the movie will have better results. Fincher has the ability to make mediorce actors look really good (see Justin Timberlake) so Affleck not embarrassing himself isn't that far fetched to believe. I haven't read the book, about a man who is searching for his wife, who has gone missing and he becomes the prime suspect, seems like its fits right in Finchers wheelhouse. I really like Fincher's wheelhouse...and all the dark brooding atmosphere that comes with it.
The first of the "curious" films. Zach Braff, who started a kickstarter campaign, much to the chargrin of pretty much everyone, to fund the movie, is his first behind the camera since Garden State, that was 10 years ago. Who does Braff think he is, James Cameron? But he showed some real talent with Garden State and I've been "curious" about how he would follow that movie up. The plot of Wish I Was Here kinda sounds like Garden State for dudes in their 30's and despite Braffs assertion that the kickstarter campaign was all due to not having to compromise his vision. I wonder how good the script is. I mean, who wouldn't be lining up to work with this guy, after what he showed with GS? Anyway, just my thought. Word out of Sundance has been good by the way.
The second of the "curious" films. While I jumped off the Kevin Smith bandwagon a while ago and as much as I hated Red State, I have to say at least he took a chance and tried to do something different. Sure it didn't work out, but he broke away from his comfort zone. Tusk sounds weird as all get out. But again, at least he's trying something different. I can respect that and will at least give the movie a look. Plus there is a part of me that wants to see him do something really kick ass again. If this doesn't work he always has Clerks III...ugh.
Bryan Singer is really swinging for the fences with this one. I hope he nails it, because the whole storyline behind this movie sounds really awesome...if he can pull it off. The X-Men movies have never really held much for me but I've always enjoyed them (well except X-Men 3 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine...but then again, everyone hates those two movies). But First Class and The Wolverine were better than given credit for so I hope Singer gives me...something to sing about...sorry, couldn't help myself.
So there it is, the films that as of right now, I'm most interested in seeing. It's not the most interesting list, but it's mine. What about you, what are you excited about seeing?